Nick Elmi is having quite the 2014 so far. His win on Top Chef became public, his Laurel has been praised by the critics and has just been nominated for a James Beard Award for Top New Restaurant. All of this has made his restaurant impossible to get into. Elmi is preparing to open up June resteverations to Laurel sometime next week.
This past weekend he appeared on CBS This Morning and talked about his start in the kitchen and prepared a rustic cacciucco dish for the show.
The latest issue of GQ features Alan Richman’s ranking of the top 25 new restaurants in the country. Right off the bat, his #25 is something of a surprise: Pizzeria Vetri. Here’s what he likes about the crust:
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The 2014 James Beard Foundation Semifinalists have been announced. Local chefs and restaurateurs and restaurants made it to the semifinals in ten categories including Outstanding Restaurant, Fork, and three nominees for Rising Star Chef of the Year, Chris Kearse, Will, Ben Puchowitz, Cheu Noodle Bar and Ben Nerenhausen, Mistral (Princeton, NJ).
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Just in time for the Super Bowl Epicurious has just come out with its list of America’s Best Wings. Philadelphia is represented by Federal Donuts interpretation of the Buffalo classic. And with the Wing Bowl all set for the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow, we’ve been thinking about wings a lot.
So we’re opening up to you, faithful Foobooz readers, what are your favorite wings? Are they FedNuts? PJ Whelihan’s, which provide the wings to Wing Bowl? Or do you have a favorite bar that does them just right?
Leave your favorites in the comments.
First We Feast interviews several top Philadelphia chefs, including Nick Elmi, Peter Serpico, Eli Kulp and Michael Solomonov among others, about their favorite under-the-radar eating experiences in Philadelphia.
The list is full of great spots including Kim’s Korean charcoal barbecue in Olney.
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Looking for weekend drinking options? Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in Draft Magazine’s 2014 Best Beer Bars list. Six area bars make the list, which has been reimagined for 2014. In past years, having a ton of tap lines might matter, but today Draft Magazine defines a great beer bar as more than that. “We needed to walk out of these places saying, “Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.”
In the Philadelphia area, six bars made the list including two from Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida.
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Emmanuelle, the Northern Liberties bar that features the cocktails of Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, was named one of the United States’ best new bars by Food & Wine’s Jim Meehan. Emmanuelle was the only bar from Philadelphia to make the 34-strong list.
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Food and Wine restaurant editor Kate Krader visits Philadelphia to check out our food scene and to put down an impressive four dinners in one night. Along the way she’s joined by Questlove, Adam Erace and Joy Manning.
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Fourteen breweries from eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware came away from Denver and the Great American Beer Festival with medals. Neshaminy Creek Brewing, which is just about two years old won a gold for its Churchville Lager. Troegs brought home two medals including gold for Troegenator. The city’s own Yards Brewing, which won its first ever award last year, landed medals for Brawler and Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce.
Iron Hill won a single medal, keeping its consecutive win string going at 16.
This was the largest GABF yet with 740 breweries participating and 4,800 beers being judged. Just 250 medals were awarded.
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As Adam Erace tweeted regarding his Philadelphia dining story for The Guardian, you could file the story under the theme, “immigration is good.” Whether from New York or much further away, newcomers continue to raise the bar in Philadelphia’s food and restaurant scene.
Philadelphia’s food and restaurant renaissance [The Guardian]
Photo via Starr Restaurants